Top job search tips for international students

businessmen-handshake-vector-free_23-2147492038Finding a job outside of your home country isn’t always easy, but with a little extra time and attention, you can succeed. Hiring managers suggest you follow these steps for job hunting.

Understand the barriers. Be aware of common issues that may hold an employer back from hiring someone from outside the country. Most commonly, employers may have concerns about international candidates who:

  • Require extra legwork to process their visa
  • May not have the best English language skills
  • Might return to their home country

You can alleviate these concerns in a number of ways. First, learn what type of work visa you may need and find out about ways to make the visa process as easy as possible for potential employers. Second, speaking English as much as possible to increase your confidence. Third, make sure to let your potential employer know that you’re committed to the job, and aren’t just looking to move in six months or a year.

Build a network. Often when it comes to finding a job, who you know is just as important as what you know. Find ways to make connections through school, alumni groups, young business professionals organizations, and community organizations.

Work with your university’s career center. Early on during your time at the university, visit the career center to see what resources are available. Talk with a career counselor about your goals. Be honest with them about your strengths and weaknesses, and ask them for advice.

Do your research. Learn as much as you can about the employer before your interview. This will help you make decisions about whether the company is a good fit for you, and will help you ask thoughtful questions during the interview.

Be professional. Get clear directions and information about parking beforehand so that you’re sure to arrive in plenty of time. Wear business attire to the interview. After the interview, be sure to send a note promptly to thank your interviewer for their time.